The City of Fredericton invites proposals from professional artists to install a temporary public art piece at Phoenix Square, the public space in front of Fredericton City Hall. The art is intended to be in place from July to mid-fall 2020.

Proposals should respond to the province’s collective feelings of the circumstances created by COVID-19. While the theme is related to the recent changes caused by the virus, the form, scope, and materials are open for interpretation by the artists. It is anticipated that the art will have a positive impact on the community and its visitors throughout the summer and fall.

All of Phoenix Square can be considered for the public art display. However, the art must not impede pedestrian access or use of the space, nor pose any safety hazard. During the summer, people use the Square to enjoy a break on benches, play piano, listen to music, access office buildings and enjoy the weather. This summer, the Square will see enhanced usage and vibrancy due to the addition of bistro tables and chairs, which is part of the new “Fredericton al fresco” partnership between the City, Downtown Fredericton, and Business Fredericton North.

Although the public art will be ephemeral, designs should be well constructed, vandal-resistant, and able to withstand summer and fall weather.

A juried selection will take place the week following the submission deadline, and the art installed by the first week of July. Artists are to submit the following:

  • a resume and biography indicating education and body of work;
  • a proposed design concept including text and drawings or diagrams;
  • an itemized budget to a maximum of $5,000 for all costs related to production, transport, installation, removal and artist fees; and,
  • a timeline and process for creation and installation.

This call is open to all professional artists residing in New Brunswick. The submission deadline is Friday, June 12, at midnight. Please email all submissions to culture@fredericton.ca.